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MURPHYSBORO — James L. Briggs, 86, passed away Sunday afternoon, Sept. 15, 2019, at IU Ball Memorial Hospital.

He was born April 29, 1933, in Murphysboro, to the late Harold Briggs and Mary Lou Keiser.

He graduated from Murphysboro High School in 1951.

He joined the U.S. Air Force and served for four years.

He retired from Bell South in Dayton Beach, Florida, after 30 years.

He enjoyed golfing, but was especially fond of his family and loved spending time with them.

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James is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary Briggs; son, James Briggs II; adopted daughter, Amber (Scott) Grasso; sister, Marylyn (Tom) Pittman; brother, Murl L. (Marlene) Keiser; grandchildren, Aaron (Alicia) Briggs and Ryan (Emily) Briggs; great-grandchildren, Aubrey Briggs and McKenzie Briggs; stepgrandchildren, Lilah Allen and Mason Allen; adopted grandchildren, Michael (Ana) Grasso, Anna Grasso and Matthew Grasso; several nieces and nephews.

James is preceded in death by his parents.

There will be a private graveside service with military honors for James at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, in Jones Cemetery. Pastor Stiles will be officiating.

Memorials may be made in James' honor to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research at Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777 New York, New York 10163-4777, by phone at 1-800-708-7644 or online at www.michaeljfox.org/donate.

Condolences may be made to the family in care of www.parsonmortuary.com

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